There are plenty of cases where a major component fails inside a transmission. A torque converter can stop working correctly without notice. Something could snap or crack under pressure, especially if the part installed is weak to begin with. Things break and you have to deal with it. Sometimes that’s just part of being a vehicle owner. However, many instances of major internal transmission damage can be prevented with routine maintenance and detecting small issues before they develop into something much worse.

Preventative Transmission Maintenance

Let’s look at the most common example. If you fail to get your transmission serviced when it’s needed, it will eventually lead to bigger problems. A standard transmission service involves changing out the transmission fluid and filter. The transmission pan gasket—which provides a vital seal between the transmission housing and the fluid pan—is typically replaced. A good transmission shop will also professionally clean the pan to remove any residue, debris or grime that could pollute the fresh transmission oil being added.

When you don’t service your transmission, the transmission fluid will eventually thicken and become dirty. This makes it less effective for providing important cooling and lubricating properties as it runs throughout the various components of the transmission. A worn pan gasket could lead to transmission fluid leaks. Running your transmission with low fluid levels or with bad transmission fluid is a recipe for disaster. Parts start grinding together violently and eventually things will break or fail. It’s basically a snowball effect as one little problem just gets worse and worse the longer you avoid dealing with it. Then, you are looking at having to have your transmission completely rebuilt or replaced, which isn’t cheap.

Signs of Transmission Problems

Getting your transmission serviced as needed is one way to help prevent significant internal damage. At the same time, you can also pay attention to certain things. You may notice a small transmission or drivetrain issue before it turns into something big. Here are a few signs that you have transmission problems:

Grinding Gears

• Dashboard Warning Lights/Computer Prompts

• Vehicle Not Shifting Smoothly Into Certain Gears

• Vehicle Not Accelerating Normally

• Lack of Power/Torque

• Transmission Fluid Leaks Under the Vehicle

• Loose Clutch Pedal

Central Valley Transmission Service and Repair

If you notice any of these problems, you will want to get your vehicle looked at by a professional transmission technician as soon as possible. They can perform a proper inspection and determine the source of the concern. The sooner you act, the better. The longer you wait, the more likely you are just letting more internal transmission damage occur.

If you are in the Central Valley and experiencing any transmission issues—or you just know you are due for a standard transmission maintenance service—call Ralph’s Transmission today at 209.526.1909 or schedule your appointment online.

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